Brigada – 2021-07-25

1) Advanced Security Training for Faith-Based Staff

1) Advanced Security Training for Faith-Based Staff

Crisis Consulting International (CCI) is planning a field security course for faith-based, global workers serving in high risk areas. Topics include surveillance, personal security, vehicle security, attacks, kidnapping, and more. The course is led by mature believers with years of global experience. The dates are 8/30-9/2/21 and the cost is $725 USD. To learn more, visit… https://cricon.org/2021/fss_2021_08b.

4) William Carey:

4) William Carey:

Thanks to Brigada participant, Jim, for his strong endorsement of a book by Vishal Mangalwadi, The Legacy of William Carey: A Model for the Transformation of a Culture. Jim writes, “his model for cultural transformation takes the excellent CPM/CHE model/practice one step further and deeper into Gospel transformation.” Thanks Jim! read more…

5) Tough People/Teams for Tough Times/Places

5) Tough People/Teams for Tough Times/Places

In this special issue of their regular “Monthly Care Update,” Kelly and Michele O’Donnell give special attention to the strong tensile strength required to serve cross-culturally. It’s a super-great point — and one which he emphasized heavily during a global gathering of our org’s missionaries from around the world. (In fact, they asked us to write a couple of backgrounders for this issue, introducing his topic. Thanks Kelly and Michele!) His presentations were rich in content and he has provided them in full in this edition. https://mailchi.mp/59cc2dc209e4/resiliency-for-team-leaders-special-news-may-2018-member-care-updates-10361892

7) Marketing and Media Coordinator Opportunity

7) Marketing and Media Coordinator Opportunity

Do or someone you know have a heart for missions, experience in graphic design and communications, and would like to live in the New Braunfels area? WIM has an immediate opportunity for a Marketing and Media Coordinator in New Braunfels, Texas. Call 830-629-0863 to learn more.

8) Why I Refuse Calendar Invites : ) [Soapbox ON]

8) Why I Refuse Calendar Invites : ) [Soapbox ON]

Ok – will you grant me (Doug) a rant please? Whenever I try to “open” an email with one of those calendar invites, it seizes my cursor – and doesn’t return it to me for at least 3 minutes (sometimes perpetually, freezing). I have a Thinkpad T14 – brand new – with an intel i7 vpro chip and 11th-gen processor. It’s super-fast – but it’s brought completely to its knees when I open a single, solitary calendar invite. It might have something to do with the fact that our I.T. guy has our Microsoft Outlook Exchange server locked down like crazy. He’s super-security conscious. For his part, he thinks these calendar invites are WAY too big of a risk anyway. He says the whole idea that we would let an external email make a change to our secure calendars is just enticing someone to write a virus to attack our Outlook accounts. If the virus hasn’t already been written, I’m betting it will be. To compound the whole thing, I don’t want an external email having the capacity to make calendar decisions for me anyway. To me, it’s too personal of a decision. I should be able to look at my own calendar and decide if I can do that, without someone externally “graying in” a meeting on my calendar. To me, it’s just too weird. Finally, and this is actually as big of a deal as any, sometimes the time zone decisions just don’t work. Outlook is a bit quirky on time zones. For example, if I set a 10 am appt. for my trip to California, I mark it on my calendar for 10am because that’s the “local time” I’ll be observing while I’m in California. But when I add that appt., it LOOKS to my calendar like I added it in Eastern Time zone. If I tell Outlook that it’s a 10am Pacific appt, then while I’m in Eastern time back at my Louisville office, Outlook shows it on my calendar as 7am. That’s ok if I’m in Louisville. But suppose I’m flying to California two days prior. I WANT it to be on my calendar for 10 LOCAL time – not 10am Pacific. Because on that day, 10am will be LOCAL for me. The whole thing is … too crazy to let an external email book things for me.

I know. It’s a soapbox. To me, it’s a failed idea that should never have been allowed out of the gate – for ANYone who ever travels across time zones and ANYone who is security conscious. : )

So what am I advocating? “Down with calendar invites!” hahaha But even if you want to continue to use them, my recommendation is that you ask first, before assuming. Not everyone will want you to force something into their calendars like that. So my humble and gentle suggestion is to: Ask first – calendar later.

Thanks for listening. Now it’s my turn to listen to you. What do YOU think of calendar invites? : ) Click comment to let us know.

Doug
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9) We’re Grateful for…

9) We’re Grateful for…

…the gift of $50 from a Great Commission worker with a strong commitment to keeping others safe and secure. Thank you!
…for the recurring gift of $20 from a strong believer in reaching the unengaged. God bless you!
…for the $75 gift from an anonymous Brigada participant. Wow – Thank you so much!

10) Tina: Thanks for 7 Years of Service!

10) Tina: Thanks for 7 Years of Service!

Over the past 7 years as Assistant Editor for Brigada, Tina McCormick has helped immensely with designing item after item for the entire Brigada family. Words can’t adequately convey our gratitude. She has gone beyond the call of duty answering questions, discovering new resources, tracking down information, prepping photos, and analyzing trends. As she begins this new chapter helping her sons all the more with home-schooling education, we say thank you for the tireless work and many early-morning hours! We greatly appreciate all of it and now wish you well with figuring out algebra, Russian, and Latin! : ) We hope you’ll still remember Brigada when you see interesting items in the future. You were always SOOO good at finding items on prayer. Please don’t forget us. God bless you!
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